Gloria Cheng joined John Schneider to talk all things Terry Riley. Take a listen to the interview here!
about the 2017-18 season
Piano Spheres announces the 2017-2018 season which returns to Colburn School’s Zipper Concert Hall. The series will include performances by the four co-founders plus special guest artists. This is the 24th season of Piano Spheres, one of the most unique concert series in the United States, and continues its tradition of presenting the best of contemporary piano music. Opening night is Tuesday, November 7, 2017 with Mark Robson; February 6, 2018 is Susan Svrček; March 6, 2018 with Gloria Cheng and renowned composer and performer Terry Riley; April 3, 2018 with Vicki Ray; and May 29, 2018 Piano Spheres presents guest artist Steven Vanhauwaert. All concerts begin at 8:00pm.
The annual recital series features newly commissioned works by emerging composers as well as works by established masters. A preview of the season includes Mark Robson opening with “Platea di Weddell” by Ivan Fedele (from his Études Australes 2003); Susan Svrček performing Frederic Rzewski’s “The People United Will Never Be Defeated!” (1975); Gloria Cheng and Terry Riley play an all-Riley program including the world premiere of “The PASHA” (2018), for four hands, composed especially for the occasion; Vicki Ray introduces new works for piano and electronics with four world premieres; and the season concludes with Steven Vanhauwaert whose concert includes the monumental Fantasia Contrappuntistica by Busoni!
Piano Spheres is a nonprofit organization. Donations are tax-deductible. Your contribution will ensure the continuation of this unique series of performances and aid in the commissioning of new works for the piano. Click here to find out more about how your donation can help and what your benefits as a donor will be.
Piano Spheres also gratefully acknowledges support from the Aaron Copland Fund for Music and the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation.